Types of Snoring and Why Do They Occur
If you snore at night, it is an indication that you are not sleeping well. Your body is unable to move air freely through the nose and throat because of a partial closing of your upper airway, thus resulting in snoring. Depending on what causes this closing of the airway, there are four types of snoring.
And in order to effectively combat them, it is crucial to understand why snoring occurs. So here’s a look at the different types of snoring, along with their causes, symptoms and treatment.
What are the Different Types of Snoring?
- Nose-based Snoring
Blocked nostrils as a result of a deviated septum or some physical obstruction in your nose may lead to blocking your airway, thus resulting in nasal snoring.
Other causes include pet and dust allergies, nose stiffness, cold or if you are using certain types of medication.
This kind of snoring can be treated in several ways depending on what causes it:
- Deviated septums may require you to undergo a surgery
- If snoring is caused as a result of dust allergy, keeping your home neat and tidy will cure it
- Similarly, quitting smoking, or using nasal dilator strips, or a nasal rinse is effective against snoring caused due to cold or stiffness
- Mouth-based Snoring
When a person breathes through the mouth instead of the nose while sleeping, it results in mouth snoring.
Blocked nasal passages, enlarged tonsils, or a weak palatal tissue may be the causes behind this type of snoring. If you can’t breathe via your nose at night due to a blockage, it causes you to breathe through the mouth, resulting in a vibration of the tissues, hence the snoring sound.
Essentially, a nasal snorer has a slight chance of becoming a mouth snorer if their nasal passages get severely blocked. While breathing happens via the mouth, this can lead to infections as their nose is not filtering the air that’s passing through.
In order to avoid this type of snoring, one can use devices such as an adhesive tape especially designed for this purpose, or mouth guards that can help you keep your mouth closed.
- Tongue-based Snoring
This type of snoring occurs because the tongue gets too relaxed, particularly when we lie down on our back, thus blocking the airflow into the lungs. As a result, it becomes difficult to breathe, thereby causing snoring.
Tongue-based snoring may occur in people who love to drink alcohol or use sleep medication. Excessive fat around the neck may also be a cause of tongue based snoring.
Anti-snoring pillows and backpacks are useful ways of preventing this kind of snoring. They keep you on your side, preventing you from turning on your back, thus avoiding difficulty in breathing.
Snoring mouthpieces or mandibular advancement devices are especially designed to be used as a remedy for tongue snorers. It helps move your jaws forward, thus preventing the tongue from blocking the back of your throat, and ensure uninterrupted breathing.
- Throat-based Snoring
This kind of snoring is the loudest, and most dangerous of all. It is caused as a result of sleep apnea, a condition where the person stops breathing several times during the night in his sleep. And this condition occurs when the muscles and soft tissues in the throat area are too relaxed. They lead to a blockage in the walls of the throat, not allowing the air to pass through, thus resulting in tongue-based snoring or sleep apnea.
It occurs in every sleeping position, and can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke if left untreated.
Sleep apnea needs medical attention right away, and the most common methods of treatment are CPAP therapy, UPAP therapy and UAS therapy.
How to Diagnose Your Snoring
Below are the symptoms that can help you identify which type of snorer you are:
Looking at the symptoms above will give you an idea about the type of snorer you are. While the other three types are not serious and can be cured easily, it is the throat-based snoring that you really need to worry about.
Take the home sleep test to identify your risk levels of sleep apnea, and get the help of a sleep coach to help treat it.